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[kris kring-guh l] /ˈkrɪs ˈkrɪŋ gəl/

/ˌkrɪs ˈkrɪŋɡəl/
(mainly US) another name for Santa Claus

1830, Christ-kinkle (in a Pennsylvania German context, and as a reminiscence of times past, so probably at least a generation older in that setting), from German Christkindlein, Christkind’l “Christ child.” Properly Baby Jesus, not Santa Claus.


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